THE FINAL SHOTS from the summer season of saltwater salmon, lots of coho coming back and some chinook in West End Rivers, deer becoming scary, mushrooms sprouting in the wet earth and some fresh and fresh sunrises and sunsets.
Fall is here and let's celebrate the season.
"Autumn has come up in a big way," said Brian Menkal of Brian’s Sporting Goods and More (360-683-1950) in Sequim.
"With all the rain we have received, there is a lot of salmon in the Sun Duc from the salmon farm to (Three Rivers)," Menkal said.
“Last week I made a trip on the Hoh River with Pat Neal and hooked nine, I got one. If it rains more, you should bring many more fish through the rivers.
“We have a lot of water now and there were signs of fish all over the Hoh, the Bogey, the Sun Duc and even more entering the Quillayute. It is a good time to leave.
A reminder that the Quillayute is closed to recreational fishing from Monday to October and closed on Tuesday and Tuesday, October 29.
The first season of archery deer ends today with the muzzle loaders that go out on the field on Saturday before the modern rifle season that begins on Saturday, October 12.
All the early rains have made conditions excellent for hunters.
"All that moisture has made things really quiet in the forest," Menkal said.
"It's that time of year when, even if you're not a fisherman, you can go out and look for chanterelles or get them while you're looking for deer."
Menkal is pumped for October, which I am also partial towards: the generosity of nature, the cool weather of autumn, football, friends: October has it all.
"A lot of things are happening for a person outdoors in October," said Menkal. “Salmon fishing, hunting seasons for deer, ducks, geese, pheasants. The weather is still quite nice, so you can go hiking and cycling and it's not very hot. "
Go out and enjoy everything that is available.
Walk the earth
Saturday is National Public Land Day with free access to all Washington State Parks and the Olympic National Park.
Discover Pass will not be required for daily use visits to state parks and there will be no entrance fee to enter any national park in the entire country.
There are two more days of State Parks available in 2019: Veterans Day on Monday, November 11 and Friday, November 29, the day after Thanksgiving.
There is one more day of free national park established in 2019: Veterans Day.
Fort Worden ship launch
On Wednesday in Port Townsend, an open day will be held to discuss the proposed improvements for the launch of the existing ship and other facilities in Fort Worden State Park.
The open house will be held at the Barn of Friends in Fort Townsend State Park, 1370 Old Fort Townsend Road, starting at 6 p.m. At 8 pm.
The launch of the existing ship was built in the 1970s and is an ideal place for quick and safe access to Mid-Channel Bank or nearby Point Wilson.
Peak use occurs during the summer crab and salmon seasons. On a busy summer day, up to 50 boats (both motorized and non-motorized) use the launch.
State Parks has said that the launch of the ship has been plagued with maintenance challenges.
Large amounts of sand and debris accumulate around the boat ramp.
This limits the access of navigators and prevents the natural movement of sand that provides habitat for important marine species near the coast.
The proposal replaces the existing ramp for two-lane boats with an elevated one-lane design, which will decrease the ramp's footprint on the water and help restore sand movement.
Park staff will also share information on the current plan to unify the marine area of the park, including the replacement of the dock that was built in 1944.
In addition to this meeting, the public can comment online at bit.ly/FortWordenMarineArea.
Commentary on PT rules
Fish and Wildlife employees will accept public comments on simplifying fishing rules for shellfish, marine fish and fodder at a meeting on Tuesday in Port Townsend.
The meeting will be held at the department office in Point Hudson Marina, 375 Hudson Street in Port Townsend starting at 5 p.m. at 7pm.
These proposals continue the process of simplification of rules that began in 2017 with updates to sports regulations for freshwater species.
One of the proposed changes would align the bottom fish regulations east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line with the regulations west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line in Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay).
Other elements among this year's proposals: changes in daily limits, size limits and areas for scallops, sea urchins and sea cucumbers and numerous clarifications and language updates for existing regulations.
The full list of proposed changes is available at tinyurl.com/PDN-ProposedRules19.
The public can comment on the proposed rules until October 17.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will also hear testimony about these proposals during its October 18-19 meeting in Olympia.
For more information, visit wdfw.wa.gov/about/commission.
Salmon / Steelheading
Menkal will offer his two-part Introduction to Salmon and Steelhead Fishing course at his store, 609 W. Washington St., No. 21 in Sequim, starting at 5:30 p.m. At 8 pm. Tuesday with the second part at the same time on Tuesday, October 8.
Menkal knows many tips, tricks and places to fish in the Northern Olympic Peninsula and offers the course for $ 50 per person plus taxes.
Menkal asks attendees to confirm their attendance at 360-683-1950.
Sports reporter / columnist Michael Carman can be contacted at 360-417-3525 or (protected by email)